Whilst would-be killer Andrew Newton is caught, claiming that he was hired by persons unknown, Norman persists in his accusations that Jeremy employed him and has their love letters published, forcing Jeremy's resignation. Jeremy also loses his seat at the general election and is charged with conspiracy to murder. He is defended by the unconventional George Carman, who refuses to let him testify and fiercely attacks prosecution witness Peter Bessell and Norman himself. A summing up by a less than impartial judge also contributes to the jury's verdict though for the triumphant party it may be seen as a Pyrrhic victory.
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Philanthropist Sir Jack Hayward donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Liberal party, during the time of the Thorpe affair. A year prior to the attempted murder of Norman Scott, Thorpe had asked Hayward to cover election expenses by making payments to a business associate named Nadir Dinshaw, who was also godfather to his son Rupert. Thorpe then used one of the payments to purchase the incriminating collection of letters to Norman Scott and allegedly leveraged the threat of deportation against Dinshaw to keep him from telling the police. The misuse of party funds is what journalists and pundits claim caused David Steel to demand Thorpe's resignation from the Liberal Party on May 10, 1976. See more
Ben Wishaw (Norman Scott) is seen sitting on the top deck of a number 23 bus passing what is clearly intended to be Jeremy Thorpe's real residence, a flat at Orme Court on Bayswater Road, London W2. The 23 bus route was introduced in 1992, some 13 years after the Jeremy Thorpe trial was conducted. In 1979 the only double-decker London Transport bus routes passing Thorpe's flat were the number 12 and the number 88. The number 23 was introduced as a variant of the number 15 route and passed through Bayswater from Shepherds Bush to East Ham along Westbourne Grove, to the north. See more
Sir Joseph Cantley
I now turn to the evidence of Mr Scott. You will remember him well - a hysterical, warped personality, and an accomplished sponger. Very skilful at exciting and exploiting sympathy. A spineless, neurotic character, addicted to self-advertisement. He is a crook, he is a fraud, he is a sponger, he is a whiner, he is a parasite. Of course, I'm not suggesting that you should not believe him. That is for you - I'm not expressing any opinion. You have seen this wretched Scott in the witness box. You ...
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